Title page for ETD etd-06092004-144122

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lee, Hyeon Ju
Author's Email Address hlee1@lsu.edu
URN etd-06092004-144122
Title Being Korean and Being Christian: Identity Making in the Korean Baptist Church of Baton Rouge in the U.S. Deep South
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miles Richardson Committee Chair
Gail Sutherland Committee Member
Jill Brody Committee Member
  • Korean
  • immigration
  • Christianity
Date of Defense 2004-04-02
Availability unrestricted
The post-1965 generation Korean immigrants in the U.S., who have left their country for betterment of their lives, find themselves unable to acculturate to the U.S. mainstream culture. Although legally Americans, these Koreans strive to hold onto their culture they brought with them. A group of Koreans who belong to this post-1965 immigrant generation in Baton Rouge established a church to share religious and cultural experience while speaking Korean language and sharing Korean food--The Korean Baptist Church of Baton Rouge.

The members of the Korean Baptist Church of Baton Rouge ("the Church") create a familial community within Christian and Confucian ideology. Christianity guides the members' spiritual lives; Confucian codes dictate their social behavior. The roles and responsibilities the members carry out resemble that of a family structure prescribed by Confucian ideology, and biblical teachings and Protestant beliefs reinforce the maintenance of the Korean church community in Baton Rouge.

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